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Veteran Student Success Program


On this page:

  • How to get credit for your military training
  • CLEP
  • (Especially) Veteran Friendly Programs at Cleveland State University


Focus on Military Transcripts

You’ve attended Boot Camp or Basic Training and then technical training whether you call it “A” School, AIT or something else.  Your training is accepted for credit at Cleveland State University which uses the ACE (American Council on Education) credit recommendations.  If ACE recommends it, we accept it. In order to receive that credit you need to have your service submit a transcript of your training to CSU.  The transcript you have submitted depends on your service.

U.S. ArmyU.S. Coast GuardU.S. MarinesU.S. Navy

Joint Service Transcript (JST) – U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy
To get the JST you can register, or use your CAC card at:

U.S. Air Force

Community College of the Air Force Transcript (CCAF) – U.S. Air Force
To get your CCAF transcript you need to go to:

Via Mail:
Cleveland State University
Application Processing Center
Office of University Registrar
1836 Euclid Avenue, UN 301
Cleveland, OH  44115

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
The Welcome Center
Euclid Commons, Room 100 (Euclid Avenue & E. 24th Street)

Focus on the College Level Exam Program


The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is an excellent way to earn course credit, particularly those that meet general education requirements, and to complete a degree more quickly.  CLEP exams do require a clear ability to focus and be able to study on your own, two abilities that all of us practiced in the military.  That noted, here are some practical points to consider:

  • Acceptance of CLEP credits by CSU
    • CSU will accept up to 60 credits completed through CLEP (that’s a half of the credits required for graduation!)
    • CSU will, as applicable, apply CLEP credits to general education requirements and courses in your major
    • You can take CLEP exams while at CSU at the campus Testing Center (Rhodes West)
    • What do we accept specifically and what score do you need on your CLEP to have it accepted?  Check this link:

  • Still on active duty?  You can begin your college career by preparing for and taking CLEP exams by visiting your base or unit Educational Services Office. 
  • Want more info?  Call the VSSP office at (216) 875-9996 or e-mail us at

Focus on (Especially) Veteran Friendly Programs at CSU

Focus on the Operations and Supply Chain Management major

Are you a military logistics specialist *? If so you may be interested in majoring in Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSM) and may already be eligible for credits in the OSM major. The Veteran Student Success Program (VSSP) is working with CSU’s Department of Operations and Supply Chain Management to evaluate your training and service experience for possible awarding of OSM credits. If you are interested please contact Bob Shields, Coordinator of VSSP.

Evaluation will include your DD-214, military transcript (SMART, AARTS, CCAF or CGI-1564B) and, as needed, your evaluations. To learn more about the Operations and Supply Chain Management major VSSP invites you to review their web pages at:

* Logistics includes, but is not necessarily limited to:

  • USA MOS - 92A, 92F, 92Y and 92Z
  • USAF AFSC - 6C and 6F
  • USCG rating - SK
  • USMC MOS - 04/logistics, 30/supply administration and operations, 66/aviation logistics
  • USN ratings - SH and SK (LS)

Focus on Urban Affairs Undergraduate Majors

If you have an interest in a Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs major, such as Public Safety ManagementOrganizational Leadership or Environmental Studies, you may be able to use your life experiences, including military service, as the basis for the awarding of academic credit without course work.  The Levin College offers an Assessment and Accreditation of Prior Learning Experience (AAPLE) Program which recognizes that learning takes place in settings other than the classroom and is designed to award academic credit for substantial previous learning experiences.  Awarding of credits, up to 24, takes place after the development and analysis of a professional portfolio based on your life experiences.  The Levin College of Urban Affairs even helps you develop the professional portfolio through a course, UST 190, Analysis of Experiential Learning in Urban Affairs.

If you want to enter an area of academic study that is a continuation of your military career, there are many MOS/AFSC/Ratings that may (note the emphasis here) provide the life experience appropriate for one of the majors in the College of Urban Affairs.  You can compare the enlisted specialties against your proposed major using the information at: but you can begin your planning using the MOS/AFSC/Rating – Major comparison list provided here. 

Public Safety Management

    • 12M – Firefighter
    • 31B & 31D – MP, CID Special Agent
    • 27D – Paralegal Specialist
    • 3E7X – Fire Protection
    • 3E9X – Emergency Management
    • 3P – Security Forces
    • 5J – Paralegal
    • 4400/4421 – Legal Services Specialist
    • 58XX – Military Police, Corrections
    • 7051 – Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting
  • USCG & USN Ratings                                                                                         
    • IV – Investigator (USCG)
    • MA – Master at Arms (USN)                                                                                                                                                      
    • ME – Maritime Law Enforcement Specialist (USCG)
    • LN – Legalman (USN)
    • PS – Port Securityman (USCG discontinued rating)

Environmental Studies

  • USA MOS:  72D – Environmental Science & Engineering
  • USCG Rating:  MST – Marine Science Technician

Organizational Leadership

  • Not MOS/AFSC/Rating specific but senior NCOs/Petty Officers without a bachelor’s degree may have the leadership and management experience to apply to the AAPLE program.

Urban Studies

    • 27D – Paralegal Specialist (this major is a good preparation for law school)
    • 68 series – Medical – Urban Studies with Public Management concentration
    • 3E9X – Emergency Management – Urban Studies with Public Management concentration
    • 4XXX series – Medical – Urban Studies with Public Management concentration
    • 5J – Paralegal (this major is a good preparation for law school)
    • 4400/4421 – Legal Services Specialist (this major is a good preparation for law school)
  • USCG & USN Ratings
    • HS (USCG) & HM (USN) – Health Services Technician/Corpsman – Urban Studies with Public Management concentration
    • LN – Legalman (USN) (this major is a good preparation for law school)
    • MST (USCG) – Urban Studies with Environmental Policy concentration

Nonprofit Management

    • 42A & 42F – Human Resource Specialist, Human Resource Information Systems Management Specialist
    • 3S series – Mission Support (Personnel, Equal Opportunity, Education & Training, Manpower)
    • 0111, 0171 – Administrative Marine, Manpower Information Systems (MIS) Analyist
  • USCG & USN Ratings
    • NC – Navy Counselor (USN)
    • PS – Personnel Specialist (USN)

For more information you may contact Dr. Roberta Steinbacher, at 216-687-3886 or  You can also contact Bob Shields, Coordinator of the Veteran Student Success Program, at 216-875-9997 or  You can find additional information on the AAPLE program at

Focus on the Executive MBA Program

You already have a bachelors degree, over five years of military service, experience in leadership and management possibly including budget management, logistics, personnel training and assignments, strategic planning, leading or serving as a senior member of a company or division, and working with those from other cultures.  This probably describes the majority of military officers and senior NCOs/POs who are currently serving or have served.  If this is you and you’re wondering what comes next especially if you are already in or are transitioning to civilian life then read on.

The Executive MBA program at Cleveland State University places a high value on the leadership and management experience of military personnel, the sort of experience that cannot be taught and is also valued by the civilian world.  The EMBA program builds on your experience as you prepare for your next mission in the civilian world.  First, what is the Cleveland State University EMBA program?

Cleveland State University's Executive MBA program provides a unique learning opportunity for highly-motivated professionals to earn an MBA degree in 19 months without interrupting their careers.   The curriculum emphasizes strategic decision making and integrative management skills and provides balanced coverage of the major business disciplines. Special emphasis is placed on small study groups, giving participants the opportunity to benefit from each other's professional experiences and insights.

Second, this is a Masters of Business Administration degree.  Don’t you need a bachelor’s in business and also need to take the GMAT?  No you don’t.  Admission to the EMBA program does require at least a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and five years of significant managerial or professional experience.   As to the GMAT, if your undergraduate GPA was 2.8 (out of 4.0) or higher you don’t need to take the GMAT.

Interested?  Intrigued?  You can find more information at:  You can also can contact Special Programs Coordinator, Dian Goga, at: or call her at (216) 523-7435.  Finally, the program director, Dr. Elad Granot, is a veteran.